Master tribal weaver, Wence Martinez creates hand-spun wool tapestries in a nearly 30 year collaboration with his wife, symbolist painter, Sandra Martinez.

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Museum of Wisconsin Art

Wence and Sandra Martinez: Woven Together
Traditional Textiles Meet Modern Design

mowaAugust 6 – November 6, 2016
August 6, Saturday Opening Reception 2-5pm
West Bend, WI
JuegoBorn in Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca Mexico, a village famous for its woven rugs and tapestries, Wence learned the family textile trade as a young boy. He started weaving at the age of nine and four years later attended the Taller Nacional de Tapiz (National School of Tapestry) in Mexico City on a full scholarship.

In 1988, Wisconsin artist Sandra Hackbarth serendipitously commissioned Wence to transform her artwork into a tapestry. Discontent with the standard workshop reproduction of Turkish and Navajo designs, Wence jumped at the chance to try his hand at a primitive inspired modern design. The project spurred a remarkable thirty-year collaboration that marries traditional textiles with modern design. MOWA will showcase a collection of Wence’s rugs alongside Sandra’s artwork in the State Gallery.

Opening Party
Saturday, August 6 | 2:00–5:00
The Woven Together Opening Party will be held in conjunction with an Art on Tap Beer Tasting. Experience Wence and Sandra’s work, sample unique Wisconsin craft beer, and enjoy live music. Openings are always free to MOWA members. For information on tasting tickets visitwisconsinart.org/artontaptastings.

Meet the Artists
Thursday, October 20 | 6:30
Join Wence and Sandra as they discuss their partnership, process and expansion with the Legacy Project.


2016 Smithsonian Craft Show

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We are thrilled to report winning the 2016 Silver Award for overall excellence!
Our southwestern working retreat led to Wence’s latest “Canterita” stone inspired weavings and expanded Sandra’s biomorphic weaving studies painted on up-cycled German book paper from 1877. New images on the weaving and painting pages. Read More

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Romulus Craft


May 14, Saturday 11-4pm
Our first Door county event is a reception for guest artists Romulus Craft. Intrepid Vermont ceramics artists, Ikuzi Teraki and Jeanne Bisson, stole our hearts when we first encountered their work. Smitten, we can’t wait to share it. Read More

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